If you are not familiar with the term “Small House” in the field of skilled nursing care, that’s not surprising. The concept is somewhat new, and Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center built the first one in Illinois. Small Houses are a big idea because they are revolutionizing the traditional, institutional, nursing home model. What’s the difference?
When you need the highest level of care, you probably picture an institutionalized setting in a nursing home. While you will see a skilled medical team dedicated to the highest quality of life for each resident, you may be surprised at how home-like our skilled nursing care is. We provide a cozy, inviting environment, with compassionate staff who think of our residents as family.
A Small House structure is designed like a home, not an institution. In our two skilled nursing buildings, 10 private rooms surround gracious living areas and a common kitchen. The smaller space means the walking distance from bedroom to living room is short enough for most people to navigate without assistance, giving them greater independence.
Such increased independence leads to greater flexibility with programming. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Your schedule is formed around the natural rhythms of your daily life. Do you go to bed early or stay up late? Are you a morning person or need a nap during the day? Is a snack before bed a normal part of your routine? The Small House culture recognizes and allows room for different patterns. Your freedom is as important as your security.
“Nothing about me without me” is the Small House motto, reinforcing the idea that no decision can be made about a resident’s care without input from the resident herself. Day-to-day, Small House residents are encouraged to participate in the life of the house to whatever extent they are able — helping with housekeeping, working in the garden, making decisions about outings, and more. Meals are prepared in an open kitchen and served at a large table where staff, residents, and families eat and socialize together. Such involvement reinforces a sense of purpose and value while exercising cognitive and motor skills.
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